May 10, 2013

Local & State Dispatches

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Laborer fatally struck while helping to repave street

Authorities say a man working on a road repaving project in Orono died after being struck by a vehicle.

Police say Richard Thibodeau, 56, of Carmel was struck about 7 p.m. on Tuesday while working on Forest Avenue. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was pronounced dead.

He worked for Harvey Paving and Seal Coating of Hampden.

The death remains under investigation by local police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

No information was released on the driver who struck Thibodeau.


Legislator’s illness delays guardian ad litem hearing

A legislative committee that was about to open discussions Thursday evening on a bill seeking to reform the state’s guardian ad litem program postponed the meeting after one of its members was taken away by ambulance.

The Judiciary Committee was in recess after hours of hearings on other bills, when Rep. Lisa Villa, D-Harrison, suddenly became ill.

The committee’s Senate chair, Linda Valentino, D-Saco, said the other members decided to postpone the hearing rather than continue because guardian ad litem reform is an important issue for Villa.

Guardians ad litem are specially registered lawyers or mental health workers assigned by judges to step in the most contentious cases, like divorce cases, to represent the interests of children.

Villa said last week that guardian ad litem reform is the reason she got into the Legislature.

Villa went through a divorce more than a decade ago and was assigned a guardian who sided with her ex-husband over custody of their daughter. She claims the guardian was biased and said talking about it is still painful.

Motorists warned to beware of moose, especially in dark

It’s high season for moose on Maine highways.

The Maine departments of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Transportation are asking drivers to take extra precautions in May and June.

May and June are the most common months for moose collisions due to a combination of factors, including calving time, weather and salt.

After a winter of eating browse, moose tend to travel more when the weather warms up and greens and other food sources become available to them again. Sodium is also an important part of a moose’s diet, so moose are drawn to roadsides where they can find salt run-offs.

Nearly 90 percent of vehicle-moose collisions occur between dusk and dawn, when moose move around more and it’s dark.


Two more men accused in slaying of 20-year-old

Authorities have charged two more men in connection with the death of a man believed by one of the alleged assailants to be a police informant.

Nathan Morton was arraigned Thursday on conspiracy and murder charges along with Michael McNaughton, 23, who was charged last month and faced a bail hearing in the death of Romeo Parent, 20. Also arraigned Thursday was William True Jr., who’s charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Police believe that Parent was killed late on April 9. His body was found three days later in a stream.

The Sun Journal said police believe that Parent and McNaughton were friends, but McNaughton had come to believe that Parent had served as an informant on criminal matters.


Burn victim had to leap from second-story unit

Fire officials say a Hampden woman who suffered serious burns in an apartment fire saved herself by jumping out a second-floor window.

Officials say Jennifer Seekings, 37, was burned over half of her body when her bed caught fire, mostly likely because of a cigarette or candle.

She’s being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office says Seekings jumped to safety at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was living in an apartment in an addition to a house owned by her mother.

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